Changing the Economics of Storage for Long-term Persistent Data
SGI® COPAN™ persistent data storage solutions shatter the previous barriers of traditional storage options providing a revolutionary alternative to both costly disk-based solutions and economical but slower, less reliable tape solutions.
With COPAN MAID you can have the best of both worlds - the reliability, easy management, and quick data access of disk - all at a fraction of the cost of transactional storage. Plus you get all the advantages of Enterprise MAID (Massive Array of Idle Disks) - unprecedented reliability, scalability, efficiency and low power and cooling consumption.
Green Storage: Power Efficient Storage
Moving Your Persistent Data Onto the Right Platform Saves Data Center Floor Space and Millions in Significant Power and Cooling Costs
The SGI COPAN Enterprise MAID (Massive Array of Idle Disk) platform is purpose-built to handle the long-term storage of data centers. You can now have all the advantages of Enterprise MAID - unprecedented scalability, reliability, energy and space efficiency. COPAN allows you to keep persistent data online at a fraction of the operating costs of transactional storage with more reliability and performance than offline media.
Data Center Challenges in Today's Business Climate
As enterprises continue to deploy more servers and storage devices to keep pace with their exploding data storage needs, power consumption requirements and costs are also heating up to unprecedented levels. A recent study from industry analyst IDC estimates that data center electricity costs are already in the $3.3 billion annual range, and according to the InfoPro Wave 9 study, "40% of power in the data center is now for data storage."
It can also cost more to cool a data center than it does to lease the floor space that houses it. One industry expert estimates that the average utility cost for a 100,000 square-foot data center is over $6 million per year! For some companies, this means that they now must compensate by moving to new facilities, putting off hardware purchases, or leaving floor space unoccupied to avoid paying corresponding utility costs.
How a COPAN MAID Solution Can Save You Money
The costs of provisioning new power to a data center is substantial (assuming more power is available from the grid), a COPAN Enhanced MAID solution significantly reduces the infrastructures costs associated with power and cooling provision, which still needs to be provisioned for a "spin-down" client. These costs can often be higher than the investment in storage itself.